I was first introduced to EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) 15 years ago when almost no one had heard of this funny mind/body technique. I always prided myself on being pretty open to new ideas, but when a friend told me to try this on a problem I was having, it seemed ridiculous and laughable. She walked me through this simple but weird process of tapping on different points along my face and torso while stating my issue. To my surprise, I felt better!
Since that day in 2000, I have come a long way and so has the western world in learning more about the mind/body connection and embracing the healing properties of many of the eastern traditions involving energy meridians, including Emotional Freedom Technique.
I began using this technique with clients in my coaching practice, who luckily had learned to trust me and were open to trying my “weird” suggestion. EFT involves using your fingertips to gently tap on certain energy meridians on your body while focusing on an emotional issue you are having. It is sometimes called acupuncture for the emotions without needles.
I explain to people there are two levels to EFT. The basic level, and a good place to start as a self-help tool, is to try it on symptoms you may have such as a headache or stress, or upset. The second level down is its effectiveness on old belief patterns or emotional traumas. For this level of work, you may want to consult a practitioner.
I have watched people, even people who didn’t have any belief in this process, go from being “stuck” or fearful, or resistant or angry to finding much more ease and flow in accomplishing their goals and in living a more peaceful life.
Here are my 5 top reasons why you should learn to use EFT in your life:
1. It’s easy and fast to learn and use on your own
It is a very simple technique that you can learn to use yourself in less than 5 minutes. You may use it to clear out everything from minor procrastination to real fears and phobias. Again, for some of the trickier things you may want to get the help of a practitioner to guide you through, but many things you can do on your own. It’s especially good for things like calming stress or anxiety, and eliminating a headache you feel coming on.
2. It can be used with no risk or side effects
I would never recommend EFT to replace any drugs or doctor recommended therapies, but it is certainly a good additional supplement to try with nothing to lose. If you have chronic pain or high blood pressure, or any other physical symptoms, it’s worth giving EFT a try. Through studying the Body/Mind connection it has been shown that many of our physical based problems have emotional roots. Working with EFT to clear out emotional blocks can do wonders to relieve a lot of physical symptoms. What do you have to lose?
3. You can try it on a huge variety of things
EFT has such a huge range of success in many areas of life. In my experience with clients, and myself it has helped people: get rid of headaches, reduce back and other chronic pain, eliminate the procrastination for making sales calls and other fears of rejection, eliminated phobias, reduced food cravings, helped people quit smoking, helped them greatly reduce anxiety and stress-related issues, and helped them improve confidence and self-esteem. The list goes on. So it’s worth trying on anything that comes up.
4. It can be done anytime and every day
You can use EFT in the moment wherever you are, whether it is to reduce anxiety or stress when you are late for an appointment, reduce the craving for a cigarette or food, get calmed down after a call with an angry customer. You get the idea. It is a great tool for everyday use.
5. It has a beautiful spiritual component of self-acceptance
Less talked about, but to me, the best aspect of EFT is the ability to help people integrate self-forgiveness and self-acceptance. I have worked with many clients over the years on self-esteem issues—around being enough, feeling worthy, and accepting themselves as the beautiful Spirit they are. EFT has built into it a system for clearing out negative energetic patterns and reconnecting people to their Authentic Spirit, the truth of who they are. To me, this is the biggest gift of EFT. If you work with a practitioner who understands and uses this technique as it was originally intended, then you will get deep healing results from this process.